Juxtapose

Now this is a great word.

My wife and I recently had the opportunity to do a bucket-list vacation.  We flew to Seattle to catch a train called The Rocky Mountaineer which took us north and east across the Canadian Rocky Mountains to Vancouver, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, Banff, Lake Louise, and finally ending our trip in Calgary.  Then after 10 days of exploring places we’d never seen, and likely never see again, we flew back home to Texas.

We saw lots of wildlife, including bears, elk, eagles, ospreys, big horn sheep, and rowdy Australians.  We made many new friends from all over the world, and enjoyed the scenery of God’s creative genius as we listened to story after story of how that part of the world was discovered and conquered by men and women pioneering previously uncharted territory.

One of my favorite experiences on the trip was seeing Mt. Robson, the most prominent mountain in North America’s Rocky Mountain range, and the highest point in the Canadian Rockies, at 12,972 feet.  When traveling through this area, this peak is only visible a few days of the year.  As you can see, we were one of the lucky and privileged to have this great view from our train.

Mount Robson

Juxtaposed within minutes of passing this spectacular view on the left of the train, was this incredible water falls image on the right, demonstrating where all that snow and ice end up.

Water Falls from the Train 1

What is amazing to me is not that I was able to capture these images from a moving train, but that I was given the great privilege of seeing both.  All along the way on this trip, I was constantly reminded of how small I am, and how large God’s creation is.  And it caused me to whisper, almost constantly…

For You are the LORD Most High over all the earth;
You are exalted far above all Gods.

~Psalm 97:9

 

Juxtapose

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